In the 18th century, Doylestown was as a major crossroads in this agricultural area which lead to its designation as the County seat. The downtown area has seen many changes since this time and reached a point where many of the historical downtown building were deteriorating. The County wanted to use urban renewal funds to help revitilize the borough which unfortunately would have included the demise of 20 historic buildings to make room for a large parking lot. Thanks to a dedicated group of Doylestown citizens and businesses, the town was reborn and in 2001, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the town as one of its "Dozen Distinctive Destinations." In 2013, Travel and Leisure Magazine named Doylestown the #13 best small town to visit in the entire country, as well as #1 small town for Arts and Culture.
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